Continuity mistake: When Nancy is singing "As Long As He Needs Me" her dress continually changes between shots from being over her shoulder to half way down her arm.


Continuity mistake: In the early-morning scene at Mr. Brownlow's house, Oliver is shown sleeping in his bed. He awakens and his hair is in complete disarray as he walks towards the open balcony doors. Standing on the balcony and gazing outside, however, his hair is combed neatly.


Continuity mistake: While the boys are messing around with Oliver's stuff, Dodger and Fagin are in the background talking, and Fagin lifts his hand. In the next shot, a close-up of the two, Fagin's hand is down.

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Continuity mistake: When Oliver first meets Fagin, he says " aren't we, my dears?" Dodger replies "'course we are Fagin" Dodger then looks up at Fagin and stops smiling. But when the camera zooms in, he does the same thing again, you can tell by his expression that it is the same shot but from a different angle.

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Continuity mistake: The final participants in the spectacular "Who Will Buy?" scene are the soldiers who make up the band and the platoon it leads. As they make their first appearance, the band is leading the platoon, and in blazing sunshine. By the end of the scene, it is overcast, and the platoon soldiers are now leading the band.

Continuity mistake: When Fagin puts Oliver to bed, inside is light, then Fagin walks outside and it is dark.

Continuity mistake: Just before "Be back soon", Dodgers asks Fagin if Oliver can go out with him and Charlie, earlier we see that Charlie is a small boy with dark hair and a black bakerboy hat. This same boy tells Dodger and Oliver to hurry up at the very end of "Be back soon". But when they arrive in London, Charlie is now someone different. He has a different shaped face and a different outfit. You see this boy earlier, claiming the sausages are mouldy, but there he has blonde hair.

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Continuity mistake: When Oliver first meets Fagin, he comes out with a sausage on a poker, in the shots from behind Oliver, the poker is at Oliver's eye level, but in the the shots from behind Fagin, it is much lower.

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Continuity mistake: During 'It's A Fine Life', Nancy fills a bowl of soup to give to Bill. Just after she fills it, she puts her arm round Bet's shoulder and Bet puts hers round Nancy's waist. Bet is holding a bowl in her left hand. When it cuts, to show them from the front, Bet is now holding the bowl in her right hand and the other is holding her skirt.

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Continuity mistake: When Dodger, Charlie and Oliver first arrive in London after "Be Back Soon," the camera shows the old woman's sweet stall in shadow. But when Dodger and Charlie steal from it, it is in full sun.

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Continuity mistake: During the 'who will buy' scene, the window cleaners come into shot and pitch their ladders to the balcony. The cleaners are beating the carpets over the balcony, and in the same shot you can see the ladders are not attached to the balcony. When the window cleaners climb the ladders and dismount, at the top you can see the ladders are now attached to the balcony with brackets.


Continuity mistake: When Fagin and his gang are outside singing 'Be back Soon,' Oliver is behind one of Fagin's gang members (not the Artful Dodger). In the next shot, Oliver is behind Dodger. And in the next shot, Oliver is behind the Fagin's gang member again.

Continuity mistake: In the last scene, when Dodger and Fagin are singing together, Dodger sings, "Once the villain, you're a villain to the end!" and the right corner of his fringe is tucked up into his hat. But when Fagin says, "Your light fingers," it is down again.

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Continuity mistake: During the song "I'd Do Anything" Bet's hair is down and then pulled back, then down again at different parts of the song and dance in that scene.

Continuity mistake: At the outset of the song "Who will buy?", the price of roses is "four blooms for a penny." Then it suddenly doubles to two for a penny.

Other mistake: When Oliver is meeting Fagin and his boys, he says, "Is this a laundry then, sir?" You can see Jack Wild (Dodger) mouthing that line on the left side of the screen.

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Boy: These sausages are mouldy.
Fagin: Shut up and drink your gin.

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Trivia: The director, Carol Reed, is actually Oliver Reed's (portrays Bill Sikes) uncle.

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Question: Why was this movie rated G? It does contain some violence and a murder scene and some content that's inappropriate for children.

Luka Keats

Chosen answer: You are correct that "Oliver" does have some material that might be intense for young children - including a murder, some minor violence, issues of adoption, child abuse, kidnapping, and even some sexual content (but only by innuendo). Drinking alcohol is also involved, and some of the characters with whom we are meant to sympathize are, in fact, thieves. But intense content does not necessarily preclude a movie from obtaining a "G" rating. There have been several G-rated movies which have content, including killing, that could be frightening for children, including "Bambi," "The Lion King," "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," and "The Wizard of Oz," to name a few. In "Oliver," most of the violence is alluded to, and the murder of Nancy is committed out of sight (only Sykes' hand is visible, and Nancy's screams are heard), though it is frightening and realistic. Violence can be permitted in G-rated films, as long as it is "minimal." Sexual innuendo is permitted, in small doses, as long as lewd acts aren't shown. Intense content is also permitted. Drug use is not permitted, but I suppose the tavern scenes are cartoonish enough as to not warrant a more harsh rating. The bottom line is that ratings are determined by the MPAA - Motion Picture Association of America, and that association is given wide latitude and discretion. Apparently, the "mature" content of "Oliver!" was not viewed as rising to a level which the MPAA felt would warrant a more stringent rating.

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